Editors and Editing: An Introduction

Is editing the career for you?

Through course reading, exercises, and assignments, we will introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of editors, as well as the knowledge and skills editors need to succeed. We’ll also explore the world of the editor and examine different aspects of editing—structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading.

The final assignment is due one week after the course ends.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Nick Rockel $452.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - Wendy Barron $452.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - Rachelle Kanefsky $452.00 23 Register
Online - Nick Rockel $452.00 25 Register
Online - Wendy Barron $452.00 25 Register

Instructional hours: 12

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:     

  • Identify the role and responsibilities of an editor.
  • Explain the four main types and stages of editing and how editors fit into the overall publishing process.
  • Describe the author–editor relationship and the variables that help it succeed.
  • Recognize basic weaknesses and errors related to structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing and proofreading.
  • Identify the skills and tools needed to work as an editor today.

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Course readings
  • Assignments and exercises
  • Online discussions 

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail based on the following:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Two assignments

The second assignment is due seven days after the end of the course.

Textbooks and learning materials

All course materials are available online.

Online hardware and software requirements

You will need access to the following:

  • Microsoft Word (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function
  • A printer
  • A scanner or camera to create a digital copy of editing examples to be submitted for one of the assignments

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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